James William Hasty, age 78, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at his home in West Branch, MI. He was born on April 28, 1938 to Dr. Earl and Mildred (Albertson) Hasty in West Branch. Jim married Janet Schultz on June 29, 1968 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City, MI. He lived in West Branch for most of his adult life where he was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Jim graduated from West Branch High School in 1956 and went onto Central Michigan University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree. He was chemistry teacher in Bay City and West Branch. In 1967, he started his career working in the Environmental Health field with the District Health Department #2, and retired from the Health Department in 2008.
Jim was a past master and life member of the West Branch Masonic Lodge #376. He also served as past president of the West Branch Area Shriners. Jim held a board position with the West Branch Regional Medical Center on the Board of Trustees for 22 years and was a member of the West Branch City Council and Creative Arts. He volunteered at the local food bank and at the West Branch Library Book Nook. Jim’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, golfing, sculpting and wood carving. He was a jack of all trades. His two grandsons, James and Jacob, were his pride and joy. He was a loving husband, father and a very loyal friend. He loved telling jokes and stories. Jim was very dedicated to the West Branch community, and was truly a man of integrity and sincerity.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Janet Hasty of West Branch, MI; children, Andrew (Anna) Hasty of West Branch and Erin (Matthew) West of Hickory, NC; grandsons, James West and Jacob West; sisters, Helen Jennings of West Branch and Marjorie (Richard) Fletcher of Bay City, MI; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother in law, William Jennings.
Visitation at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch, MI will begin on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 6:30 p.m. The funeral service will be on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Tim Dibble will officiate.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the West Branch Masonic Lodge and the Community Food Pantry in West Branch.
Online condolences can be shared at www.steuernolmclaren.com